Sir Paul Holmes. Photo Getty
Sir Paul Holmes has been discharged from Hawke's Bay
Hospital and is being nursed at home.
His wife Lady Deborah Holmes and his brother Ken Holmes said
in a statement tonight that members of the veteran
broadcaster's family remained by Sir Paul's side at his
Hawke's Bay property.
They continued their request for privacy so they could "focus
their energy" on supporting him.
Last night the family said Sir Paul was receiving medical
treatment from the team at the hospital and "other supporting
He was taken to hospital less than a week after being
knighted in a ceremony at his home by Governor-General Sir
The investiture, on Wednesday last week, was brought forward
at his family's request because of Sir Paul's failing health.
It was attended by dignitaries such as Prime Minister John
Key and leader of the opposition David Shearer.
Sir Paul had been treated for prostate cancer earlier in his
career but it returned early last year, putting his work on
hold. Last June he also underwent open-heart surgery.
Following the surgery, Sir Paul wrote a personal account of
what he had been through.
"I couldn't speak. Not with the half-inch pipe down my
throat. I couldn't sleep. Not for days. The staff urged me to
try. But when I closed my eyes I saw only nightmare visions.
It was unbearable. I was exhausted."
Sir Paul briefly returned to the country's screens and
airwaves, but in December announced he was retiring from
After his investiture, Sir Paul said the cancer had sparked
other health problems, such as suffering from hayfever for
the first time in his life.
"The old cancer found me out and has started to do some funny
He also spoke of his grim health problems.
"We still have a lot of fun, a lot of good times, but soon
realities have to be faced ... We haven't had a chance to
meet with the doctor to discuss what's going on, but I don't
think it's flash.
"I don't think Houdini will do it this time."
Sir Paul has survived a car crash, fatal helicopter accident,
light aircraft crash and previous illnesses. He had been
looking forward to retiring in his Hawke's Bay home.
"The plan was I would build this farm and retire here, and
live a long and wonderful life basking in my former great
career," he said.
"But along comes the bloody [illness]."